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Bring Back The Cheese Ball

Remember the holiday nut encrusted cheese ball sitting majestically on a throne of Bibb lettuce and surrounded by crackers? It’s back and looking ever so hip with new flavor nuances. I like to ratch up the flavor with dried fruits like figs and apricots but cranberr…

Five Ways To Use Acorn Squash

I am partial to Italian squashes that I grow in my garden like the ones shown here but Acorn is a favorite too and I have come to challenge myself as to how to cook it so it is not always the same ho hum dish. So here are five favorite ways to use it: 1)   …

Biscotti Bonanza

Biscotti are the perfect gift for Santa Claus and your holiday table and the best part is that from one basic dough, an array of different biscotti can be made ahead of time without much effort. From one dough you can make almond biscotti, mixed dried fruit biscotti, whit…

Kale Minestrone

The world seems to be in love with all thinks kale and I am guilty as well. This week I harvested the remaining kale in the garden. In coming blogs I will share what I did with them. The soup below is a kale minestrone soup that just kept growing as I added things from th…

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am in the kitchen many days before making preparations so the celebration dinner runs as smoothly as possible. Not everyone is a fan of dark meat so on our table, this year, the traditional turkey has given way to a butterflied and s…

Kale and Cauliflower Mash

Besides the vibrant color, this velvety smooth kale and cauliflower mash has a lot going for it. First, it is super good for you containing vitamins and nutrients we all need especially for the winter months ahead. Second, even the most persnickety eaters will embrace it …

Relish This

Pick up any November food magazine and on the cover will surely be the hero of the Thanksgiving table, Tom the turkey, dressed in all hi s finery. There will be all kinds of informative articles in the magazine about how best to cook it and that is fine, but it seems that…

Have You Tried Farrotto?

Risotto is almost a household word on many restaurant menus and that is well and good but why not show your culinary genius and make it with farro, a nutritious grain with a nutty flavor. Farrotto can be the start to a great dinner or it can be dinner itself with a side s…

Falling for Fall

Fall is one of the reasons that I love living in New England. It is my favorite time of year and it goes by much too fast. Nothing but the hand of Divine intervention could splatter such vivid and fantastic foliage colors of red, gold and rust in such sweeping broad stro…

Spicy Artichoke Dip

Crossposted from: Boston Herald Give your taste buds a wake up call with this tangy and tasty artichoke dip that is so easy to make in a food processor or blender in less than 10 minutes. It pairs beautifully with a new product that I discovered, Stonefire Authentic…